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Simon Kemp

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CEO of Kepios and marketing strategist who has helped develop some of the biggest companies' branding strategies

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Keynote speaker Simon Kemp is a marketing strategist and an international speaker. Simon has helped some of the biggest companies with developing a new marketing or branding strategy. He is the founder and CEO of Kepios - a marketing strategy consultant firm which covers business planning, branding strategy and team development.

Simon Kemp is an expert when it comes to digital marketing and his Global Digital reports are very popular and read about five million times per year. He is a sought-after keynote speaker and is invited to speak at some of the biggest events and conferences in the world. In 2014, Simon was on Campaign Asia’s 40 Under 40 Honours List and has also been recognized as one of the APAC’s Most Influential Digital Marketers by CMO Asia magazine.

Although an important aspect of Simon’s keynotes is the understanding of digital marketing trends, he is also an entrepreneur and regularly talks of how to successfully start a business. In the past he has mentored entrepreneurs in Asia through Google’s initiative to train 1,000 SME leaders. He also mentors entrepreneurs as a profile coach on the Key Person of the Influence programme.

Simon Kemp is the author behind the popular eBook Social Brands: The Future of Marketing. He is regularly featured on television and in the press to discuss and talk about topics like social media, digital marketing and business strategy. In the past Simon has worked with companies like Google, Coca-Cola and Nestlé.

Simon loves customizing his keynotes to his specific audience, and he isn’t afraid of trying out something new. However, his keynotes do revolve around some recurring themes.

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    Future Forward

    • Learn more about the developments and trends in the evolution of digital platforms, devices, and behaviours, and how these are shaping the future of marketing and business.


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    The State of Digital

    • This presentation and Q&A session explores the latest digital, social and mobile landscapes at a global, regional, and/or local level. These sessions build heavily on the latest data from Simon’s on-going Global Digital Reports, and – depending on the scale of the engagement – Simon can even produce bespoke reports especially for the event or client (note that this would involve additional fees).


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    Digital Diagnosis

    • The main focus of these sessions is to help decision makers decide whether they need to get involved in these developments or not (e.g. “should we even consider virtual reality? How much should we be investing in social media to succeed?”) The topics Simon covers tend to follow the ‘hot topics’ covered in reputable business media, so are liable to frequent change, but recent topics Simon has been speaking on include blockchain, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, social selling, the future of social media, ad fraud and ad blocking, and the dangers of fake news and social media manipulation.


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    Practical Digital for Entrepreneurs

    • This hands-on workshop (either half or whole day) helps small business owners to build a focused, practical approach to harnessing digital media to grow their business and achieve better ROI.
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What got you interested in business strategy?

I’m quite nerdy by nature, so I love analysing things and looking for ways to improve them. I started my career at Accenture, so I got to dabble in strategy whilst developing large technology and management systems. I realised that I enjoyed the strategy part the most though, so I moved to a small strategy consultancy called ascension, where I got to work on some amazing projects like the development of global marketing frameworks for Unilever and InBev (now AmBev).

How did you begin your speaking career?

I’ve been facilitating client workshops for well over a decade since my days at ascension, but I got into the more ‘public’ side of speaking almost by accident. One of my UK colleagues at We Are Social was due to host a conference in Singapore, but when he couldn’t make it, I stepped in to host and present instead. As part of that, I discovered that I really enjoyed sharing new insights and provocations with people, and fortunately, I got invited to present at more conferences as a result of that first session. Everything grew organically from there.

Do you have a favourite experience from your speaking career?

Presenting just before Martin Sorrell at the International Advertising Association conference in London was one of the more daunting moments! Delivering a sell-out session at the Vivid festival in Sydney looking out over the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge was pretty memorable too. I really enjoy intimate sessions as well though; I recently presented at a small evening event in Tokyo, where the audience asked so many great questions that we ended up turning a 40-minute presentation into a 2-hour interactive conversation.

Why do clients typically hire you to speak?

All my presentations balance forward-looking trends and predictions with down-to-earth data, which is what makes them different to most other trend briefings. Many of my clients read my regular Global Digital reports, so they know that all the content and ideas that I share will be backed by data that tracks people’s actual behaviour, and so will translate into tangible business opportunities.

What kinds of clients have you worked with in the past?

I get a good mix, but marketing has been a recurring theme. Having said that, I’ve been getting requests relating to broader business tech recently too – areas such as AI, blockchain, and even bio-hacking. I’ve been really lucky in terms of breadth and variety too; I’ve presented at huge conferences with audiences numbering in the thousands, right down to very small groups at startups – and everything in between. I’ve presented all over the world too, which I’ve really enjoyed; the challenges of adapting insights and recommendations to new cultural and business contexts is something that I find particularly valuable.

What is your favorite keynote topic to speak about?

I’m most at home talking about the overlaps between digital technology and consumer behaviour, and how ongoing developments in these areas will shape the future of business and marketing.

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